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File Explorer getting a new look on Windows 10 19H1 Build 18298

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Today (Monday, 10/12/2018) Microsoft surprisingly released Windows 10 19H1 Insider preview Build 18298 for Insiders in the Fast ring That offers a number of new changes including File Explorer and Start menu improvements, Notepad updates, and a bunch of bug fixes.

If your device obtained for Windows Insider preview builds Windows 10 Build 18298  download and install automatically via windows update, but you can always force the update from Settings > Update & security > Windows Update, and click the Check for updates button.

Windows 10 19H1 Build 18298 Features

As per Windows Insider blog, the latest Windows 10 19H1 build 18298 brings some tweaks to the interface, as well as usability improvements to some classic features of Windows.

Starting with 19H1, whenever a device has an update requiring a reboot (in both mainstream and test builds), users will see the Power button in the Start menu include an orange indicator alerting users to restart their devices.

New icon for File Explorer

First of all, with the latest Windows 10 preview build File Explorer gains a new icon (based on insider’s feedback) which is designed to work better with 19H1’s new Light theme.

Also, Microsoft introduces new sorting options in this build, that shows the most recently downloaded file at the top to make them easier to find.

Note:  If you have made your own changes to how your Downloads folder is sorted (View tab), that won’t change.

Refinements to the Settings app

Also, the latest build brings refinements to the Settings app in order to provide a more straightforward approach to sign-in options. And Users can now set up a security key directly in the Settings app in Accounts > Sign-in options.

Note: A security key not only allows password-free login to Windows but can also be used by Microsoft Edge to log in to your Microsoft account.

Quickly unpin groups and folders

Also, there are some changes related to the Start menu, where you can remove tiles from groups and folders with a unpin context menu command.

Now you can quickly unpin groups and folders that have previously been pinned to the Start menu. By pinning a folder or group, it remains in the main part of the Start menu for easy access. By being able to right-click and select ‘Unpin’, users can now more easily organise the Start menu.

Touchpad dynamically adjust hit target of each key

Windows 10 touch keyboard now dynamically adjust the hit target of each key as you type, based on a prediction of what letter will most likely be typed next. The keys will look no different to the eye, but as you can see above, they will now adjust to minimize hitting the wrong key by a small margin.

Change Mouse pointer size and color

On Cursor & pointer settings page, you can now change the pointer color and select additional sizes. Microsoft insider blog explained 

We’ve introduced new cursor sizes and colors to make Windows easier to see.   Go to Ease of Access Settings (Windows + U), under the “Vision” category, select “Cursor & pointer” to see the list of options.   We are still working on a couple of issues where some cursor sizes may not work correctly on DPI’s larger than 100%.

Send feedback directly from Notepad

Notepad will now alert you if there are unsaved changes by showing an asterisk in the title bar. There’s also now the option to save files in UTF-8 without a Byte Order Mark, and Insiders can send feedback directly from Notepad.

Other Notepad Improvements include:

  • Added support for some additional shortcuts:
    • Ctrl+Shift+N will open a new Notepad window.
    • Ctrl+Shift+S will open the Save as… dialog.
    • Ctrl+W will close the current Notepad window.
  • Notepad can now open and save files with a path that is longer than 260 characters, also known as MAX_PATH.
  • Fixed a bug where Notepad would count lines incorrectly for documents with very long lines.
  • Fixed a bug where, when you select a placeholder file from OneDrive in the File Open dialog, Windows would download the file to determine its encoding.
  • Fixed a recent regression where Notepad would no longer create a new file when launched with a file path that didn’t exist.

Updated Windows 10 Setup experience

Microsoft has updated the Windows 10 setup experience, This is the experience you see when running setup.exe from an ISO – it will look like this now:

Narrator Home

When enabling Narrator, you will now be brought to the Narrator Home that provides a screen where you access all the settings, features, and guides for Narrator.

Also, there are a bunch of Narrator fixes and updates, Feedback Hub is updated to version 1811 and includes some visual tweaks. The Snip & Sketch app also gets a bunch of fixes in today’s build. You can read the full list of fixes, updates, and known issues in Windows 10 Build 18298 on the Microsoft blog here.

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